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Reflections on 1999 – 1990

January 4, 2011

So I’ve finally finished the 90’s section of the list.

Basically it’s the same situation as the 00’s. There were some great books and not so great ones.  This time round there were quite a few translated works which I enjoyed reading. A good number were out of print and Gillian Rose’s Love’s Work got lost in the mail and I had to re-order i. Unfortunately I had to abandon a book (infinite Jest) I’m hoping this will never happen again.

Fave books :

The ones which stand out are Jorge Volpi’s – In Search of Klingsor , Michael Cunningham’s The Hours and Ardal O’Hanlon’s The Talk of the Town following it. I also liked :

Paul  Auster The Music of Chance

Jim Dodge – Stone Junction

Petros Markaris – The Late Night News

Miyuki Miyabe – Cross Fire

Don Delillo – Underworld and Mao II

Cormac McCarthy – All the Pretty Horses

Alice Walker – Possessing the Secret of Joy

Books I disliked

David Foster-Wallace  – Infinite Jest

Jachym Topol – City Sister Silver

Willaim Kotzwinkle – The Midnight Examiner

Most pleasant surprise :

Uwe Timm – The Invention of Curried Sausage

Let’s see what the 80’s will have in store for me!

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